The Continuum of Violence

 USC Shoah Foundation
Grade Level:
  6 -  12
Estimated completion time:
 1 hour(s)
Standards Addressed:
Subject Area:
 History, Civics & Government, Genocide Studies, Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda

Based on the peace building methodology designed by the Kigali Genocide Memorial, this activity introduces students to the Continuum of Violence, a theory developed by psychologist Ervin Staub that helps explain the steps that lead a society to commit mass violence and/or genocide. By engaging with first person accounts and other multimedia sources, students will develop understanding of the 10 steps of the Continuum and how the theory applies to Rwandan society and the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994. Students will also explore how they might intervene or act to resist the continuum.

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